Al Quinn & Glenn Heckinger with Barry Heller & Mark Portugal | Who Knew?

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Who Knew?

by Al Quinn & Glenn Heckinger with Barry Heller & Mark Portugal

Acoustic Jazz featuring a mix of originals and standards.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz quartet
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1. Barbados Al Quinn & Glenn Heckinger With Barry Heller & Mark Portugal
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2. Shtickla Al Quinn & Glenn Heckinger With Barry Heller & Mark Portugal
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3. Gentle Souls Al Quinn & Glenn Heckinger With Barry Heller & Mark Portugal
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4. Who Knew? Al Quinn & Glenn Heckinger With Barry Heller & Mark Portugal
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5. Waltz for Karen Al Quinn & Glenn Heckinger With Barry Heller & Mark Portugal
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6. Take a Walk Al Quinn & Glenn Heckinger With Barry Heller & Mark Portugal
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7. The Gypsy Al Quinn & Glenn Heckinger With Barry Heller & Mark Portugal
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8. No Sooner Al Quinn & Glenn Heckinger With Barry Heller & Mark Portugal
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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\"All music lovers should have this CD, it is quality. Glenn\'s sound on tenor and soprano is luscious and the recording is today. Check it our for yourself and you will know \'Who Knew\'.\"
- Jimmy Heath

Origins of this CD

Al, Barry, Glenn and Mark got together to jam a few times and quickly realized that the chemistry in the quartet was unique. With no desire to rehearse or create elaborate arrangements, the group simply played and recorded songs they liked, a mix of originals and standards. The Who Knew? CD is a selection of these recordings, which were all recorded live with no overdubs. Al, Barry and Glenn have played together in a variety of settings for over twenty years. Mark, a recent addition to the group, complements the others beautifully with his sensitive and creative approach to the drums.

About the Original Compositions

Glenn - I wrote \"No Sooner\" in 1998 while studying with Jimmy Heath and Roland Hanna at Queens College. The first version was a swing style big band chart that I later reduced to a combo arrangement with a funk groove. The funk version got its first public trial at the Tokyo Blue Note in 1995 when Al and I were touring with The Yoshio Aomori Quartet. The ballad \"Gentle Souls\" is dedicated to the memory of my father Warren Heckinger and my brother Bruce Heckinger, who were not only multi-talented musicians but also very honest and genuine human beings. \"Shtickla\" is a slightly quirky tune based on the chord changes of \"I Got Rhythm.\" Al\'s arrangement suggestions and the rhythmic spontaneity between Mark and Barry helped me to create the personality of this tune.

Al - \"Waltz for Karen\" is a Valentine\'s Day gift for my beautiful and supportive wife. Mark creates a great feel with his understated, yet sophisticated brush work which Barry complements effortlessly on the bass. Glenn brings the melody to life with his rich, beautiful tone. The inspiration for \"Who Knew?\" came from a Randy Brecker interview where he reflects on an amusing childhood memory about his younger brother Michael. Despite Michael\'s persistent requests to jam with Randy and his friends, the older boys would repeatedly dismiss him to shoot hoops in the driveway while they rehearsed. Reacting to the obvious irony that Michael subsequently became one of the most influential players of his time, Randy simply replied: \"Who Knew?\" This tune provides an opportunity to stretch out over a loose, modern feel. Barry and Mark create an inspiring rhythmic foundation that demands each soloist rise to the occasion or risk being left behind! The transition from the piano solo to the sax solo is yet another example of Barry and Mark\'s spontaneous creativity that permeates the entire Who Knew? CD.


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Steve Subject

Who Knew
Let me say up front that I am personal friends with both Glenn and Al. No matter; this CD speaks for itself. The overall sound quality of the mix is fabulous, a place for everything and everything in its place. I loved the fact that the CD was recorded live in the studio with no overdubs, but what really blew me away was how well balanced the overall mix is without the benefit of picking from several takes of various instrument tracks. The feel of the album is as though you are down at one of the band's favorite clubs to play in on a special night when everything goes just right and the result is magical. I have experienced this myself and I know what it feels like. There is no self indulgent over-playing going on here; just a great group of musicians who seem to bring out the best in each other, always mindful that the total sound of the band and their interpretation of the music together is what really matters. The sound of Glenn's sax is majestic and his economy of notes in some places and his flourishes in others is just what the moment calls for. Al's playing is very inspired and on the gorgeous "Waltz for Karen" you can hear that it comes from deep down in his heart. Al is a very emotional player and the emotion he displays on this record is exhilaration! You couldn't ask for a better rhythm section than Barry and Mark. I'm a bass player and I want to know what rig Barry is using so I can get me one! His sound for this music is just right. Mark is right in the pocket where he belongs treating the material with the utmost respect it deserves. My favorite song is Glenn's "Gentle Souls". Having known his father and his brother, it has a special meaning for me and brought tears to my eyes as I heard it for the first time. The more I listen to it, I can imagine his old man proudly beaming, and his brother looking down with that mischievous smile of his, both with the "thumbs up" sign. This is the best jazz CD I've heard in 2008 and one of my favorite recordings of any kind of all time.